Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Divided City Council approves $51 million in migrant crisis funding
The raucous meeting saw speakers shouting each other down, prompting appeals for decorum from Mayor Brandon Johnson. In the end, the funds transfer passed 34-13 — enough to carry Chicago only through June 30.
By Fran Spielman
A tension-filled debate, filled with shouting and pleas for civility from Mayor Brandon Johnson, preceded the vote to approve transferring $51 million in funding to help the city cope with an influx of migrants.
A divided City Council agreed Wednesday to slap a $51 million Band-Aid on Chicago’s burgeoning migrant crisis after a cathartic and racially charged debate that reduced one member to tears.
The 34-13 vote will provide enough funding to carry Chicago only through June 30.
The attempted robbery on Memorial Day happened a year after former Chicago Police Supt. Terry Hillard was shot with a paintball gun in his front yard.
By Tom Schuba
Chicago Police Supt. Terry Hillard speaking in 2011. Hillard served as chief of the Chicago Police Department from 1998 to 2003.
Former Chicago Police Supt. Terry Hillard scared off a group of would-be robbers who approached his daughter outside his Chatham home early on Memorial Day, exactly a year after Hillard was targeted in a paintball attack in his front yard.
Reducing crime wave will take time, says City Hall source.
By Fran Spielman and David Struett
May 30, 2023, 6:05pm CDT
Mayor Brandon Johnson (left) listens to interim Chicago Police Supt. Fred Waller at a news conference last week.
When Memorial Day weekend of 2020 ended with 39 people shot and 10 of them dead, then-Mayor Lori Lightfoot called it a “bloodbath” and a “fail” by her newly hired Police Supt. David Brown.
William Hair, 35, was gunned down early Saturday in the 500 block of West Surf Street in Lake View — one of at least three shootings in the neighborhood over the Memorial Day weekend.
By Mohammad Samra
May 30, 2023, 5:25pm CDT
William and Marge Hair.
The last time Marge Hair talked to her son William, he was working late at a restaurant and promised to see her the next day at a family barbecue.
Just hours later, William Hair was walking on a street in Lake View with friends when a red Kia car pulled up early Saturday morning. Two people got out the passenger side with guns raised and shot Hair, police said.
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Monday, May 29, 2023
Chicago suffered yet another bloody Memorial Day weekend with at least 51 people shot, including 12 who were fatally shot. The widespread gun violence occurred despite dozens of "peacekeepers' patrolling the Windy City in an attempt to decrease bloodshed.
WFLD reported that by Sunday night, 12 people had been shot and killed during Memorial Day weekend.
HeyJacksass.com, a site dedicated to gun violence statistics in Chicago, reported that there were 10 people shot and killed in Chicago on Saturday. The site noted that in the more than 10 years of covering gun violence in Chicago, there were only three other days that tallied 10 or more homicides: 6/27/2020: 10 killed, 7/4/2020: 11 killed, 5/31/2020: 18 killed.
There were at least 39 people wounded in shootings around the city, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Of the wounded in Memorial Day weekend violence was a 2-year-old girl, who purportedly shot herself with a gun she found.
Around 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, a toddler found a gun in the Chicago neighborhood of Rogers Park. The baby accidentally shot herself, according to police.
WLS Reported, "Police said the 2-year-old girl found a handgun and accidentally discharged it, shooting herself in the hand. She was transported to St. Francis Hospital in good condition."
At 9:50 p.m. on Saturday, a 14-year-old girl was reportedly standing on the sidewalk with a group of people in the neighborhood of Englewood when shots were fired. The girl was grazed in the right arm by the bullet, but she allegedly refused treatment.
One person was reportedly shot and killed on Saturday less than two blocks from the West Side home of newly-elected Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson.
Days earlier, the progressive Democrat mayor unveiled his plan to cut down on violence in Chicago.
"My administration’s top priority is making sure there is a comprehensive, whole of government strategy across our city and that its making people safe,” Johnson said at a news conference on Thursday.
The initiative called the Citywide Crisis Prevention and Response Unit (CPRU) will send peacekeepers into Chicago streets to "provide essential assistance in de-escalation, conflict resolution, and crisis support across Chicago."
Within hours of opening beaches in Chicago, the city was forced to shut down the popular North Avenue Beach after gunshots erupted when two groups of teens confronted each other.
gave everything away, this is leadership?
The deal scraps $131 billion in cuts to return bureaucracy to pre-COVID levels in favor of keeping spending at the 2023 Omnibus spending bill.
Work requirements are abandoned for Medicaid. Biden’s “Inflation Reduction Act,” which Goldman Sachs says costs $1.2 trillion, is retained.
The REINS Act is abandoned.
Biden’s unlawful student loan bailout is punted back to the courts.
The IRS keeps its 87,000 new agents. You’ll hear about the $2 billion cut from the IRS this year, but that is from their proposed budget increase. It doesn’t cut that agency.
The only bright light is that the deal claws back $29 billion in unspent COVID-19 baksheesh.
Also, note that the two-year deal takes the debt ceiling off the table during an election year.
The debt ceiling has been eliminated for the next 19 months! During that time, the lame duck Biden is going to spend it all. Be it welfare, military, bank bailouts, whatever. The Republicans got played again, by selecting a leader that could become compromised.
The effect of lifting the debt ceiling is going to be inflationary (on steroids). If you are on a fixed income or a pension, it's about to be diluted as the dollar will soon be worthless.
Sunday, May 28, 2023
The debt ceiling battle may be over. We’ll know for sure Wednesday when the vote is scheduled, but it seems Joe Biden and Kevin McCarthy may have come together. Considering the most basic and obvious elimination of fruitless spending — 87,000 IRS agents — was NOT addressed, this seems like a huge loss for patriots.
McCarthy will herald spending cuts, but they won’t be in the same ballpark as the absolute overhaul that is necessary to give this nation any hope for the future. Instead, we will continue down our path to unavoidable Modern Monetary Theory crushing the country into oblivion.
Saturday, May 27, 2023
One month ago as reported by
@mirandadevine in the NYPost, Paxton announced his new investigation into whether Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson misled Texans on the efficacy and safety of their vaccines and whether they manipulated clinical trial data. Paxton was also looking into whether the pharmaceutical giants engaged in gain-of-function research. Less than one month after this story came out the House brought impeachment proceedings forward.
About 80 to 100 teens were gathered at the beach Friday afternoon when the fight erupted and one person fired a gun, police said.
By Kaitlin Washburn and Catherine Odom
Chicago police chase a group of teens who got into a fight at North Avenue Beach Friday afternoon.
Within hours after all 22 of Chicago’s beaches opened Friday, gunshots were fired during a large fight at North Avenue Beach, one of the city’s busiest.
Friday, May 26, 2023
CHICAGO - It looks like Chicago is set to lose another restaurant from the downtown area.
Esquire by Cooper's Hawk will close in the Gold Coast on July 17th. It was the chain's sole Chicago location. The restaurant cited under-performance as the reason behind the closure.
The restaurant took over the former Esquire Theater space on Oak Street.
State deploying 30 ‘peacekeepers’ in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend in effort to prevent violence through de-escalation
Story by Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune
Gov. J.B. Pritzker talks with Chicago police Cmdr. Andre Parham, 15th District, before a pre-inauguration event for Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson outside Michele Clark Magnet High School on May 15, 2023.© Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune/TNS
Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration will be sending a newly created team of street outreach workers to Chicago neighborhoods during the Memorial Day weekend to help with the city’s violence prevention efforts.
The workers are with the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Citywide Crisis Prevention & Response Unit, whose goal is to address street conflicts through mediation and de-escalation.
According to the governor’s office, the unit will send out over 30 workers — whom the state is calling “peacekeepers” — to various neighborhoods. The unit will work with community groups and various city and state agencies on the violence prevention efforts.
Thursday, May 25, 2023
DEI Must DIE
After taking in hundreds of millions of dollars of corporate contributions, paying millions in bonuses and buying million-dollar mansions for founders, BLM (Bolshevik Lives Matter) ran a $9 million deficit.
Cowardly CEOs eager to appease the woke mob fall for these scams every time. Could we soon be witnessing the demise of the “DEI” movement?
The letters “DEI” stand for diversity, equity and inclusion, which is the mantra of corporate and
ComEd’s requested $1.5 billion rate increase over the next four years would increase its profits more than improve its stated clean-energy priorities, the Citizens Utility Board says.
By Mitchell Armentrout
A utility watchdog group says ComEd’s record-setting $1.5 billion rate hike request for the next four years is $914 million more than it needs to be.
The record-high $1.5 billion rate increase that ComEd is asking state regulators to approve should be slashed by more than 60%, according to consumer advocates who say the unprecedented hike would amount to a “blank check” for a utility that previously admitted its role in a Springfield bribery scheme.
The Citizens Utility Board filed testimony Monday with the Illinois Commerce Commission
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
Queers That Dodgers Invite Does Sick Mock Performance of Jesus on the Cross
Despite the fact that Dodgers manager, Dave Roberts says that his relationship with Christ is the “most important thing in my life,” and the Dodgers pitcher has “Colossians 3:23” in his Twitter profile, the team has announced that it
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Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has charged that a “matrix of lies” was used by a “weaponised” FBI in an attempt “to destroy a sitting president.”
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Italian Meloni calls Trudeau a buffoon as she stays strong and continue to be a voice for the Italian people and real Democracy.
Monday, May 22, 2023
Tim Scott pitches hopeful future in presidential campaign launch: 'We are not in decline'
by Naomi Lim, White House Reporter |
May 22, 2023 11:25 AM
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) criticized President Joe Biden for leading the country into "retreat" as he launched his campaign for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination with an optimistic, faith-driven message about the future.
"Joe Biden and the radical Left are attacking every rung of the ladder that helped me climb," Scott told a crowd of 2,000 Monday in his hometown of North Charleston, South Carolina. "That is why I am announcing today that I am running for president of the United States of America!"
By Brian C. Joondeph
A good Samaritan, according to the Oxford Learner’s Dictionary is, “a person who gives help and sympathy to people who need it”. This concept goes back to Biblical times, specifically the book of Luke, chapter 10, and the “Parable of the Good Samaritan.”
Jesus told the story of a man who was robbed, beaten, and left for dead. A priest and a Levite both saw the beaten man and walked past him, crossing to the other side of the street. But the Samaritan stopped to help the injured man, attending to his wounds, bringing him to an inn, paying the innkeeper to care for him until he was well.
Johnson’s chief of staff said the Northwest Side school is under serious consideration as a new respite center to “alleviate some of the pressure on the police stations.” Also on the short-list McCormick Place East, former Marshal Field's warehouse, Daley College, former Wal-Mart on Cermak and a host of Board of Education facilities-citywide.
By Fran Spielman and Violet Miller
A gymnasium at Wright College, pictured here in a community meeting in 2015, could soon host 400 newly arrived asylum seekers, officials said.
Four hundred asylum seekers could be housed at Wilbur Wright College starting June 1 — and remain on the Northwest Side campus until Aug. 1 — to minimize the need for migrant families to sleep on the floors of Chicago police stations, a top mayoral aide said Friday.
Rich Guidice, Mayor Brandon’s Johnson’s chief of staff, said Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett Ave., is under serious consideration as a new respite center to “alleviate some of the pressure on the police stations.”
“We have a lot of migrants inside our police stations. There’s challenges with that, giving them space issues, the public having access to the building, stuff like that,” Guidice told the Sun-Times.
“If there’s a facility that’s being under-utilized or it’s down for the season, that would be a better option for us.”
More than 500 families, many of them with young children, are sleeping on the floors of Chicago police stations. Some stations are so crowded with migrants, area residents are having a tough time getting to the front desk to file a crime report.
RELATEDMore respite centers in Hispanic neighborhoods key to reducing migrant crisis tensions in Chicago, mayor’s floor leader says
Guidice was asked whether using the gymnasium and community room at Wright would make that uncomfortable, unsanitary and downright dangerous situation unnecessary.
“No, I don’t think it’s big enough to do just that. But ideally, we’re looking for larger facilities or larger big-box type solutions. ... We’ve got a whole team of people evaluating these facilities … just to make sure that they’re safe and that we’re putting them into a safe environment,” Guidice said.
Ald. Nick Sposato (38th) is circulating fliers asking his Dunning constituents to attend an “important community meeting” at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the city college, which is in his ward.
Sposato said he expects a “boatload” of security concerns to be aired at that meeting, including some of his own.
“Safety is a big concern of mine, mainly safety for the migrants because you’ve got 400 strangers living together ... Let’s say you have a family with a 16- or 17-year-old boy living with a 14- or 15-year-old girl,” Sposato said.
“When they’re going to shower or going to the bathroom, are they showering together? Do the girls go here and the boys go there? There’s just a lot of questions. Are they gonna make sure they have security there? Originally, they told me, `We’ll put special attention on it.’ That’s not good enough. I told them we’re gonna need 24/7 police and a 24/7 interpreter over there.”
RELATEDMore respite centers in Hispanic neighborhoods key to reducing migrant crisis tensions in Chicago, mayor’s floor leader says
Sposato said he is concerned about “the migrants being taken advantage of — from each other or strangers.”
“If they’re trying to work and work for cash or do odd jobs, I’m more worried about that. I’m more worried about the criminal element coming over there somehow, some way and taking advantage of these people,” he said.
Sposato is further demanding an ironclad guarantee: that not a single police officer will be taken away from the Jefferson Park District to provide security at Wright.
These need to be people from headquarters. We’re short as it is. If we’re gonna put police here, which we absolutely, positively need to, they can’t come from the 16th District.
”I don’t want any police from the 16th District to be assigned to this detail,” he said.
Sposato said he is encouraging his constituents to “come out” on Tuesday night and “be civil.”
RELATEDMore than 1,200 beds from McCormick Place COVID-19 temporary hospital go unused amid immigrant housing crisis
“The fear of the unknown. There’s a lot of moving parts here and a lot of scary things to me, to tell you the truth. I mean — anytime you put 400 strangers together, that’s not a good mix,” the alderperson said.
“I don’t think there’ll be like any alcohol over there, but who knows? You never know. If somebody goes and gets some alcohol and they drink on the street, then they go there. I don’t know. I don’t know anything about these people other than what I feel in my heart of hearts: Minimum, 95% of these people are here to make a good life for their families.”
Guidice said Sposato’s security concerns are “the same concerns we have.”
“We know that this is a situation that is uncomfortable for a lot of people, but we’re working our way through it as best we can,” the chief of staff said.
Juan Acuna, owner of Tom and Jerry’s Gyros, located across the street from Wright College, said he empathizes with the migrants, as he came alone from Mexico when he was 12.
Acuna, now 34 and a homeowner in Jefferson Park, said he wants to help however he can because he knows the struggles — including how people “make comments” when they know someone is a migrant.
“Because you’re Hispanic or you’re an immigrant, people are going to look at you differently,” Acuna said. “People think that since we’re coming to this country, we’re taking something away from them.”
Juan Acuna owner of Tom and Jerry’s Gyros stands inside his Dunning store, Friday, May 19, 2023.
Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere/Sun-Times
Now a resident with his green card and working toward citizenship, Acuna said the biggest barrier to success for many migrants is learning English. Since the migrants are being hosted at a college, he said he hopes the college uses some of its resources to help teach English to anyone who wants to learn.
“If you learn the language, I think you can do anything,” Acuna said.
Wilbur Wright College located at 4300 N. Narragansett Ave. in the Dunning neighborhood is one of the sites to temporarily house migrants during the summer months, Friday, May 19, 2023.
Tyler Pasciak LaRiviere/Sun-Times
Dianna Garzon, who graduated from Wright two years ago, said she think it’s “great.”
“The buildings are really empty over the summer … It’s a good use of space that’s already here and being paid for.”
Gorzon said she wasn’t concerned about the students being welcoming but said some conservative members of the community might object.
Sunday, May 21, 2023
Story by Grethel Aguila, Miami Herald • 4h ago
The "Partners" statue sits in front of Cinderella's Castle at Magic Kingdom on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.© Allie Goulding/Tampa Bay Times/TNS
The oldest civil rights group in the U.S. is cautioning travelers to reconsider visits to Florida as they join other advocates in expressing distaste for the state’s “openly hostile” leadership.
Chicago subway passengers subdue violent, threatening, apparently deranged half-naked man with ‘chokehold’ as security guards stand by
When the police fail to protect the citizenry, vigilantism is the inevitable response. Self-defense is not only a natural, God-given right, it is an imperative that drives behavior, even in the face of adverse consequences. The well-publicized arrest of Daniel Penny for protecting fellow subway passengers in New York City did not deter passengers on Chicago’s’ Blue Line subway at Grand Station from forcibly subduing an apparently deranged man, who apparently had turned violent.
The embedding function has been disabled, so you will have to go here and click through the warning of “potentially sensitive content” to see the video from which the screengrabs below were taken. A voice can heard on the Twitter video of the incident, saying, apparently to one of security guards, “He hit her.”
It is most striking that a number of people wearing vests and in uniform can be seen standing by doing nothing, as a couple of passengers took action, forcing the shirtless man to the floor of the station.
One of the bystanders used an arm lock that has been inaccurately described as a “chokehold” in Mr. Penny’s case.
There is no indication that I have been able to find of an arrest of anyone -- the deranged man or Samaritans. The fact that all parties involved are African American may have something to do with it, as well as the fact that no permanent injuries can be observed.
I fear more such incidents are on the way to becoming the norm, as civil society continues to crumble and the law of the jungle comes to characterize Democrat-run cities.